family BBQ. So when the kids asked if
they could “do making” at 7.30am this
morning, I just couldn’t get my brain into gear to actually prepare an activity
to sit down and do with them. I really just wanted to curl up on the sofa with
my cup of herbal tea and catch up with a bit of reading for a few minutes
before facing the day.
I m really grateful for our “Making Boxes”. I like to keep a stash of different
types of paper, bit and pieces such as pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes,
glitter, odd bits of cardboard, bottle tops etc along with pens, pencils,
scissors, glue and sticky tape in a few little boxes all ready to bring out at
times like this. I got down these boxes,
handed them over to the kids and instructed them to “Make something” whilst I
sat down to enjoy my cup of tea.
my 2 year old and they were so proud of their achievements at the end of
it. It’s great for a child’s confidence
and imagination if they are left to create something for themselves from time
to time. It’s unrealistic and very
unhelpful to your child to make every arts and crafts activity very structured. Sometimes it’s great to just provide them
with a few craft materials to help unleash their own ideas. It’s very rewarding
then to see their imaginations at work.
It’s an added bonus as well that you can get to enjoy your cup of tea in
relative peace at the same time.
heap of glitter and bits of paper and wool all over the floor. This was mainly
the product of giving my toddler free reign to explore the contents of the
making boxes. But this was quickly swept
up and the kid’s proud faces as they showed off their creations to me more than
made up for this.
We couldn’t do without our googly eyes and glitter!